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Burma’s Govt to Bring Defamation Charges Against 2 Publications

Alleging defamation, Burma’s Ministry of Information will take legal action against two media outlets after negotiations mediated by the country’s Interim Press Council broke down.

Rangoon Mayor Defends Controversial City Expansion Plan

Rangoon mayor defends attempts by regional authorities to push through a controversial city expansion plan, claiming in Rangoon Divisional parliament that it has widespread support.

Exclusion of Smaller Groups Emerges as Ceasefire Sticking Point

An ethnic leader expresses doubts over the military’s willingness to sign a nationwide ceasefire as some groups’ proposed inclusion proves problematic for Burma’s commander-in-chief.

Villagers, Activists Claim Innocence of Student Charged in Chinese Workers’ Kidnapping

Villagers and activists say student Phyu Hnin Htwe is being falsely accused of involvement in the detention of Chinese workers at the Monywa copper mine.

Latest Round of Nationwide Ceasefire Talks Kicks Off

The government’s lead peace negotiator pledges to push ahead with talks to end conflict in Burma, as officials meet ethnic rebel groups for ceasefire talks.

Burma Gives Citizenship to 209 displaced Muslims, Including Rohingya

Government gives citizenship to 209 displaced Muslims, after the first phase of a project aimed at determining the status of about a million stateless Rohingya.

Burmese Migrant Among Suspects in Koh Tao Murders

The investigation into the murder of two British tourists on the Thai resort island now centers on two suspects, including a Burmese migrant worker.

Pa-O Leader Frets Over Soldiers’ Alleged Detention by Shan Rebels

The Pa-O National Liberation Organization chairman remains concerned about the fate of three of his soldiers, who he says were captured by Shan rebels.

Mob Attacks Mosque Near Bagan After Allegations of Buddhist Maid’s Abuse

A mob damages a house, shop and mosque in a Magwe Division town after rumors spread that a Muslim man had beaten his Buddhist maid.

A Winning Formula at Rangoon’s The Lab

Excellent food, a lively atmosphere and attentive service at Rangoon’s first tapas bar is quickly earning The Lab a loyal clientele.

Concerns Grow After Govt Confirms Massive Dam Project in Southern Shan State 

A Shan lawmaker says local communities have grown worried after a government minister backs plan for a 7,000-megawatt hydropower dam in in southern Shan State. 

Karen Rebel Soldier Shot Dead in Myawaddy

The killing of a rebel Karen soldier in Myawaddy prompts an increased security presence in the Burmese border town as tensions rise.

Minister Vows to Turn Govt Mouthpieces Into ‘Public Service Newspapers’

Information Minister Ye Htut says junta-era newspapers will not be privatized, making Burma one of the few countries where the government continues to fund newspapers.

Most Pillars of Mandalay’s Golden Palace Monastery to Be Replaced

Experts involved in restoring Mandalay’s Golden Palace Monastery say most of the pillars of the century-old, teak wood building have to be replaced.

Burmese Migrants Cleared of Tourist Killings in Thailand

Six Burmese migrants are released two days after they were detained on suspicion of involvement in the grisly murder of two British tourists.

Pair of Burmese Migrants Slashed to Death in Malaysia

Two more Burmese migrant workers in Malaysia are murdered, bringing the number killed this year in the fellow Southeast Asian nation to about 20.

Search for Missing Hkakabo Razi Climbers Gets International Boost

A pair of US mountaineers will join the search for two Burmese climbers missing for more than two weeks on Southeast Asia’s tallest mountain.

Army Tortured 6 Chin Farmers, Rights Group Alleges

Chin human rights activists and politicians accuse a Burma Army unit of the arbitrary detention and torture of six ethnic Chin farmers.

Tensions Rise as Military Orders Rebels to Disarm in Myawaddy 

Tensions rise in Karen State’s Myawadday after a local Burma Army commander orders Karen rebel groups not to carry weapons in the border town.

Karen Rebels, Govt Troops Clash as Peace Talks Loom

As Burma’s government and ethnic armed groups prepare for peace talks next week, fighting between the Burmese Army and ethnic Karen rebels continues.